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How to navigate the Covid-19 ‘Infodemic’ and stay sane

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It got so bad that the World Health Organization declared an “infodemic” in February 2020: “An overabundance of information – some precise and some not – making it difficult for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it”

Since December, round-the-clock news coverage, conspiracy theories and lightning-fast scientific discoveries have given people Covid-19 news overload .

It got so bad that in February 2020, the World Health Organization declared an “infodemic”: “An overabundance of information – some precise and some not – making it difficult for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it”

However, as our heads were already flooded with too much truth and false information, the scientists also confirmed the first case of Covid-19 reconversion. But what exactly does it mean to get two times infected by Covid-19? Und how is this finding fitting into the sea of coronavirus news?

It turns out that the same resemblance of the first coronavirus virus relates to the Infodemic: It will likely linger as long as the pandemic continues. But we can weather the storm with the right protection.

Just as our immune system learns to defend itself with antibodies, we can teach our minds to be able to abort misinformation and embrace uncertainty.

In this episode of The Abstract, we discuss where the latest scientific evidence stands on the mind and body best defence against Covid-19.

Our first story is about the first coronavirus infection and what it tells us about our body’s defense against Covid-19. Researchers are hopeful that latest information offers promising signs that the immune system is smart to prevent the virus and that it is a step towards making a better vaccine and speeding up the end of the pandemic.

Our second story is about Covid-19’s “infodemic” People often fall into “black and white” thinking when they try to make sense of so many confusing and ever-changing details. Key strategies can sometimes help people overcome the most common mental traps of Covid-19 and sane along the way.

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There are now facts and science matters more than ever. This is part of the reason for The Abstract – this all-new podcast by the Inverse team focusing exclusively on science and innovation. Three new episodes are published a week and each cover a theme through two related stories. Each audio shows the original inverse reporting where facts and context play prominently. It is hosted by Tanya Bustos of WSJ Podcasts. Because we are reverse, everything is true, but slightly off-kilter. It’s created for people who want to know the whole story. Inverses: —Nick Lucchesi, editor — Executive Director

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